Charles Ayisu, the Busamuzi Sub County LC 3 Chairperson expresses fear of starvation because most of their food crops were submerged. He appeals to government work out a quick remedy for people staying near the Lake Shores to avoid a crisis in the future.
John Magunda, a fisherman in Buwooya sub county notes that the crocodiles hide under stones during the evening hours and often attack them forcing them to abandon their boats. He says the crocodiles do not only scare them from accessing the lake, but they also destroy their fishing nets.
NEMA Executive Director Dr Tom Okurut says that although the public may have an ignorance-based bias on the utilisation of wetlands to satisfy man’s needs, it doesn’t make the activities illegal as many presume.
Festus Luboyera, the Executive Director Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), the implementing agency of the Highway Project, says at least 2,000 people are killed by bad weather on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria annually.
Rukunya says the Agriculture Ministry and FAO have embarked on strengthening research laboratories at the Fisheries Institute and Makerere University with the necessary equipment and train technical persons in bio-security matters.
Samuel Abedi, the Amolatar District Police Commander, says they have so far recovered the bodies of Carlos Ogwal, 6, Michelle Akello, 3 and their mother, Lillian Ayugi, 32 years. He says they are still searching for the bodies of two other accident victims.
Robert Ngabirano, the Officer in charge of Marine police at Sebigoro landing site told Uganda Radio Network on Saturday morning that the militiamen who were dressed in Congolese military uniform crossed to the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC after executing their mission.
The survivors, some of whose identities had not been captured during the rescue mission have been flocking Mukono Police Station for the last one week. Only 27 people had been initially captured as survivors during the operation that lasted six days.
Police divers told URN on Wednesday afternoon, on condition of anonymity since they are not authorised to speak to the media, that they had seen several bodies trapped under the wreckage and notified their commanders.
He says inspection of landing sites on the Eastern side of Lake Victoria is ongoing, adding that those without minimum hygiene standards comprising of at least a public toilet or pit latrine shall be closed.
Usually, Lake Victoria experiences strong waves between the Months of June and August. However, Lake Victoria in the past two weeks has experienced rough waters. The strong waves are mostly experiences in open waters between Funve and Buggala Islands, Bugaba and Bukasa Islands and between Kigungu and Kachanga islands.
The Wakiso District Natural Resources Officer, Rebecca Ssabaganzi, notes that Uganda hasnt reached the level of mining sand from Lake Victoria given the low levels of technology and availability of alternative places where sand can be collected from as the lake remains preserved.